The early morning ferry leaving Lymington at sunrise. (A3 Acrylic on Acrylic Board) (Unframed)
Every morning on weekdays, throughout the year at 0700 I undertake a daily walk. On the darkest, coldest and often wettest winter days, this is before daylight emerges, so one of the joys of this walk is seeing the sunrise.
On cloudless winter days, especially when frost abounds, the sunrise emerging over the Isle of Wight and then across The Solent is other worldly. Colours are too majestic to describe or capture, and the light is blazing, both in the sky and on the reflected water.
Thus to try to paint them can never do them justice. The differences between sunrise and sunset are, sunrise is easterly, whilst sunset is in the west, and during sunrise you watch the light and colours emerge, starting with a tiny speck and exploding across the horizon, whereas with sunset, you observe the light and colours fade and fail, finally disappearing into the last atom of minute light.
So why did I even bother to try to paint this?
Well you have to try. I’m rather pleased with the sea and sky. I feel I’ve avoided the garish colours that might be more child like, but much of the remainder of the paintitng feels scrappy.
But you gotta try.